Thursday, January 23, 2020

Jan. 23: A bad day for this blogger

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/22/worlds-consumption-of-materials-hits-record-100bn-tonnes-a-year
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=23&v=z4FEJJGWMt8&feature=emb_title

Not to worry.  leading thinkers like Ontario's Doug Ford and America's Donald Trump say it ain't happening. And, like, they know things.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/23/coronavirus-panic-spreads-in-china-with-three-cities-in-lockdown

Should we worry about this? You bet we should. The spread of this should be reminding us of the great flu epidemic at the end of World War One. That one killed 55,000 Canadians. It killed something like 20  to 50 million around the world. That's at least equal to, and probably more than, the deaths in the war.

Corona virus has now spread out over much of China. It also has appeared (in very small numbers) in Mexico and the U.S. But the early spread of the great flu epidemic in 1918-19 was much like that.
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https://www.theguardian.com/business/video/2020/jan/22/donald-trump-on-greta-thunberg-she-beat-me-out-on-time-magazine-video
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/23/brazil-bolsonaro-far-right-petra-costa-edge-of-democracy

The U.S. and Canada have both been supporters of the Brazil regime. In fact, both Canada and the U.S. have shown support for all the dictatorial regimes that are impoverishing the people of Latin America so that American and Canadian capitalists can rob them blind.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/22/one-third-canada-prisoners-indigenous-report

Canada's treatment of native peoples is almost as bad as America's has been. That was supposed to have been changed years ago. And Canada hasn't done a damned thing.
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/23/dear-australia-elegy-for-a-summer-of-loss

Not to worry. Oil bosses say there is no climate change. And they are the ones who own the Conservatives and Liberals.
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https://rabble.ca/columnists/2020/01/davos-elites-protect-fossil-fuel-industry-not-climate
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https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/david-suzuki/2020/01/ecological-crises-deserve-better-media-coverage

Most commercial radio stations have a news staff of one or two. They can't be taken seriously. It's not possible with almost no reporters. Daily newspapers, like the ones in Ottawa, have been running on the cheap for the last ten years or so. In any case, most are owned by people who want them to lie.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/23/biggest-loss-clean-water-protection-country-has-ever-seen-trump-guts-safeguards-us
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/22/hobnobbing-billionaires-davos-trump-admits-if-reelected-he-will-seek-cut-social

This idolization of greed has been the curse of the world for more than two thousand years.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/22/planet-just-had-costliest-decade-global-natural-disasters-insurance-industry-report
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/22/cnn-poll-shows-sanders-surging-first-biden-continues-drop-network-emphasizes

Good news - sort of. But Trump's support remains very solid - and it is possible to lose an American election even with a lead as big as 5 million. (Remember how Trump won with a minority of the vote.)

As well, this is that very rare thing - an American election with  two candidates, Trump and Sanders, representing profound policy differences. This could well lead to violence in a very fragile country.
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I don't know anything about this story. But it looks like one worth watching.

https://consortiumnews.com/2020/01/21/consortium-news-sends-libel-notices-to-canadian-signals-intelligence-agency-and-major-televison-network/
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https://countercurrents.org/2020/01/pge-monopoly-power-and-disasters-by-the-rich-1
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/01/22/the-media-and-the-military-mindset/

The rot that is American government - and always has been.
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/01/23/how-the-military-industrial-complex-gets-away-with-murder-in-contract-after-contract/

Plus que ca change, plus que c'est la meme chose. (my computer doesn't have French accents.)

The U.S. colossal military spending is why most Americans can't  get decent schools or medical care or adequate housing. It's just another example, and a strong one, of the colossal profits that kill real financial needs in order to feed the billionaires who own the war industries.
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Israel's holocaust and the destruction of Judaic values.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/poison-new-israeli-weapon-gaza/5701500
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/trump-parties-davos-ordinary-americans-struggle-make-ends-meet/5701532
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The next item sounds crazy - but this is a crazy world.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/army-hire-trump-renting-out-american-soldiers/5701511
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52891.htm

So much for Trump's bragging about American prosperity.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/01/22/news/greta-thunberg-drops-truth-bomb-davos-punchbowl

It may already be too late. The changes required are huge and world wide. But no government has shown any interest in    dealing with this.   In this, all Canadian and American governments are  guilty of ignoring the horror that is facing us. Nor are the American and Canadian people showing any signs of action.

We have very little time. And we have no sense of how great the problem is. We face a terrible end of humanity. And the end will not come quickly. There will, first, be some years of  increasing suffering for all of us.

And the Trump response is to spend more money on weapons - with massive contracts given to  weapons-making billionaires.
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https://truthout.org/articles/clinton-says-sanders-achieved-nothing-my-community-clinic-shows-shes-wrong/
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https://truthout.org/articles/far-right-groups-are-rallying-virginia-counties-to-form-militias/
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https://truthout.org/articles/trumps-latest-attack-on-the-environment-may-be-his-most-alarming-yet/
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https://truthout.org/articles/doordash-drivers-make-an-average-of-1-45-an-hour-analysis-finds/
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https://thesaker.is/davos-pitch-the-trump-and-itty-bitty-bit-part-ivanka-show/
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https://www.voltairenet.org/article208981.html
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This has been the most unpleasant blog I have ever written. Back in 1945, we had to create an world order so that a world war three would not happen. Thus, the U.N.

But it didn't work. And the major reason it didn't work is that the U.S. did not want it to work. The U.S. was caught up the greed of it's very rich. The result, ever since, has been destructive - and now possibly not only destructive of world order, but destructive of all humanity. (But you won't learn that by following most - almost all- of our news media.)_

The ultimate destruction will be, of course, by the effects of climate change. We knew this thirty years ago, And our leading political parties, owned by our billionaires, ignored it. In fact, the problem now is so big and the time so limited that it may not be possible to deal with it. Not ever.

Like Australia, much of the world will burn. Soon.  And, like the pig-headed government of Australia, most of our governments will do nothing to deal with it. Much of the world, especially in the west, is not owned by  the people'. It never has been. But the current explosion of greed and ignorance sets a new standard

Our standard of living has been dropping because the very wealthy own us.
They have been spreading their power that may not be matched even in the worst  periods of our history. And it's going to get worse for our children. And they are too greedy.

Our commercial news media are no help. They are in fact, the propaganda agents of the very wealthy. That's very evident in reading almost any local newspaper. And almost all TV news is designed please a weak Trudeau or an even worse Conservative party or a mentally ill Trump.

It may be too late already. But re-electing them will signal the end for all of us.

To make this worse, the gods of greed are destroying us, all the rest of us, with growing poverty and disorder over much of the world.

This blog today has been a horribly depressing thing to write. As things are, there is nothing for our children to look forward to.

The Christian churches? They've gone along with the greed and murder for almost 2,000 years.

The evangelicals, all those lovers of Trump, are crackpots who are even less Christian than conventional Christians. No. I don't exaggerate when I call them crackpots. I spent some time studying them. Their form of Christianity has nothing to do with Christianity. But they are the churches that are growing. And their only religion is a belief that they and only they will go to heaven while the rest of humanity goes down to hell.

My experience is that self-centred crackpots describes them to a T. And they could be the deciding force in the next U.S. election. Them and Trump. And the Canadian voters? Even more spaced out than the Americans.

Can Canada at least deal with climate change in the little time we have left? Not likely. The Canadian voter is even more ill-informed than the American ones.

No. This has not been a good day.





























Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Jan. 21: The things we can - but won't -change

https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/rich-poor-oxfam-report-divide-1.5432930

The wealthy, with the help of the Liberals and Conservatives, are robbing us blind by paying no income tax. This is why our schools can't get proper funding. This is why most of our children have no chance of going to university. This is why Americans can't get medical care. This is why Canada and the U.S. can't afford to provide decent housing. This is why, all over the western world, whole families sleep on sidewalks.

And this is why our taxes have to be high.

And, so long as we sit around and do nothing, this is why the situation daily gets worse - much worse. It's no exaggeration to say that the world is being destroyed by the greed of a very small  number of people.

We are suffering now. And we and our children are going to suffer much more so long as we elect Liberals and Conservatives. Both of those parties, from the start, governed only for the very, very wealthy. They have long since destroyed democracy. They are now completing their destruction of the rest of us.

It's an old, old story for humanity which has now become a dominant movement of unspeakable greed directed at us and our children. This has been the reason we fight wars. We had to fight Hitler because he was evil?

Not true. It should have been true that we fought him for that reason.  Alas, that is not what World War 2 was about.

For a start, one of the greediest empires in human history was the British empire. And the rising greedy empire is the U.S. The wealthy of both countries were quite happy to let Hitler conquer - so long as he also conquered Russia and so long as he did not expand German capitalism too much. The U.S. went to war so it's greedy class could steal the British empire that Japan was attacking, and so it could take the British oil fields of the Middle East.

Take a look at the U.S. in Latin America since 1900. Has it brought democracy to Latin America? No. In fact, it has constantly destroyed democracy in those countries. It has deliberately stolen natural resources with low, low pay and even starvation for the locals - not to mention mass murder. And while it thunders about the evils of Cuba, the fact is that the U.S. supported the dictatorship and corruption of Cuba's leaders, imposed by the U.S. Now, it says it wants to create a free Cuba.  Sure.

Off hand, I can't think of a single country in Latin America that has been permitted to become free.

Is the U.S. a free   democracy? Get real. The billionaires of the U.S. get enormous handouts from American governments that destroyed democracy almost from the start. Those who need schools, medical care, livable basic housing get nothing. Instead, the greatest sums in history are handed out to weapons manufacturers.

Like the British Empire before it, the American Empire is an empire for a small number of people who use the ordinary people to die in their wars and force many millions of them to live in poverty.

In short, the U.S. and it's friends have become Hitlers. Latin Americans are not fleeing to the American border out of love for the U.S. They are  fleeing to escape the hell the U.S. has made of their countries - and the American border is the only one they can flee to.

The world has been suffering from this greed for well over 2,000 years. And we are now at the edge of collapse.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/migrant-caravan-crosses-into-mexico-1.5433707

American aggression, theft, destruction of democracy is what has created the horror that forces these people to migrate. So now Trump treats them as villains.
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/21/trump-hails-1tn-trees-plan-but-ignores-roots-of-problem
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https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2020/jan/21/davos-2020-donald-trump-greta-thunberg-climate-mark-carney-wef-day-one-live

This is a remarkable young woman - and far more courageous than the politicians and billionaires who hate her.
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/21/buried-50-years-britain-shamesful-role-biafran-war-frederick-forsyth

You thought Hitler was evil? Take a look at the British (and American) empires.
Notice the reference to the neglect of Dutch settlers, Mostly women, children and the elderly who died at the hands of concentration camp guards. And guess who most of those guards were. Yes. They were Canadian 'heroes'.
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Here is a story that our news media haven't paid much attention to. It doesn't look big - but that could change in a hurry.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/20/coronavirus-virus-spreading-through-china-should-people-be-worried
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https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jan/20/imf-us-sanctions-threat-will-limit-global-economic-recovery
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/school-strikes-tuesday-january-21-1.5434066

Why are we seeing this school strikes in Canada and the U.S.? That's because the very rich don't pay income tax. In fact, they spend much of their time demanding the governments give more taxes to them

And the very rich don't worry about the schools their children go to because those schools, most of them, get our tax money as well as daddy's money. (And they aren't superior schools, just more snobbish.)
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/opinion-iran-united-states-strategy-1.5433090
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https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-putin-bids-for-post-retirement-influence-but-not-for-immortality

Most western news media see Russia's Putin as evil and corrupt. Luckily, we have at least one columnist who is more intelligent (and honest) than the
rest.
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https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2020/01/albertas-ucp-hits-universities-red-tape
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What is happening in India has not been much noticed by the western press. But it's a government wave of intolerance that must have Gandhi spinning in his grave.

https://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/talking-radical-radio/2020/01/indian-diaspora-responds-wave-protests-india
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https://www.thenation.com/article/dershowitz-starr-impeachment-circus/
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https://www.thenation.com/article/impeachment-rules-mcconnell/
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/21/act-if-you-loved-your-children-above-all-else-greta-thunberg-demands-davos-elite

And you can bet that Donald Trump did not write her speech.
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And this story appears not to have reached most of the western press. But it's quite true. Almost all wars are  fought to satisfy the greed of capitalists. That's what the Korean war was about, Vietnam, Afghanistan, the whole middle east. That's why over twenty million people, especially civilians, have been murdered since 1945. That's why the wealth of the U.S. instead of going to those who need it is going to weapons billionaires. That's why 'democratic' governments are largely owned and controlled by billionaires. Capitalists are the aristocracy or our time - murderous, thieving, and indifferent to human needs.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/20/welp-glad-thats-settled-global-poll-finds-majority-believe-capitalism-more-harmful
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And now for some good news.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/20/global-precedent-set-un-rules-climate-refugees-cannot-be-sent-back-life-threatening
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Donald Trump is forever bragging about the improving American economy and improving employment. Donald Trump is either delusional or a liar, quite possibly both.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/01/21/if-worker-pay-had-kept-pace-productivity-gains-1968-todays-minimum-wage-would-be-24

What's been happening in the U.S. and other countries is less in the pockets of the poor - and heaps of wealth in the pockets of the rich.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/19/2020-reminder-55-us-women-between-18-and-54-would-rather-live-under-socialism
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https://consortiumnews.com/2020/01/21/the-angry-arab-us-violated-unspoken-rule-of-engagement-with-iran/
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https://countercurrents.org/2020/01/in-india-what-we-are-seeing-is-the-symptoms-of-fascism-noam-chomsky
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https://countercurrents.org/2020/01/voice-of-the-world-capitalist-system-from-davos
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/01/21/iran-will-be-changed-forever-by-admitting-its-great-mistake-unlike-the-west-which-ignores-its-own-misdeeds/
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https://thetyee.ca/News/2020/01/21/Trudeau-Government-To-Choose-Climate-Side/

Our Ottawa city newspapers don't carry stories like this that are long and have some big words.
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https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2020/01/20/Feeding-Wallabies-Australia-Climate-Recklessness/
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https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2020/01/21/Horgan-Should-Use-Bill-41-To-Work-With-First-Nations/

Ever see the RCMP patrolling a demonstration by oil executives?
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/orders-to-kill-martin-luther-king-the-government-that-honors-mlk-with-a-national-holiday-killed-him/5559300
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52879.htm
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The American government daily bombs countries with which it is not at war, and indiscriminately murder uncounted numbers of   civilians and children. The 'pilots'of these drones are in safe places, sometimes close to Washington, and go home after their busy days of murdering innocent people.

God bless America. It needs all  the blessing it can get.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/jan/19/military-drone-strikes-becoming-normalised-says-report
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/01/14/news/truth-behind-viral-1-billion-aussie-animals-are-dead-much-worse-you-know
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And now --Canada's patriotic oil companies.

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/01/21/news/alberta-energy-companies-owe-173-million-unpaid-taxes-rural-municipalities
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https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2020/01/21/drone-strikes-leave-innocent-widows-and-orphans/

There are no limits to the greed of our billionaires.
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https://theantimedia.com/trump-ordered-soleimani-killed-for-saying-bad-things/
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https://www.voltairenet.org/article208876.html

Israel was never meant to save Jews. It was given to Jews by the U.S., Europe and Canada to get rid of their own Jews.

Alas! In the process (and disillusion) the new people of Israel lost Judaism.
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And a parting thought.....

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019/08/white-republican-evangelical-christians-guns/
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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Jan. 18: A relatively quiet day in the news....

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/18/trump-suleimani-iran-drone-strike

Can you imagine what the reaction would be if Iran had killed a U.S. president?
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/16/hot-blob-ocean-seabirds-killed-new-zealand-north-america

There's a price to pay for our refusal to deal with climate change. And that price will soon be ---us.
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https://www.theguardian.com/membership/2020/jan/18/australia-bushfires-reporting-crisis
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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/18/donald-trump-impeachment-democrats-republicans-senate-election
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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/17/trump-administration-school-lunch-michelle-obama-rules-roll-back

In a world of chaos, the president of the United States made it his duty to encourage school children to eat junk food. Incidentally, many millions of American children depend on school lunches. Gee! I wonder if the junk food industries helped him to decide.
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https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/jan/16/one-in-four-countries-beset-by-civil-strife-as-global-unrest-soars

"We've won the war. Now we've got to win the peace" (1945). But we never
even tried to win the peace. What we got instead was the American dream to rule the world - and to plunder it for  billionaires.
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https://rabble.ca/news/2020/01/how-hunt-profits-has-shaped-ontarios-home-care-system

As we should have learned long ago, any privatization of health services creates greater costs and less service.
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https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/brent-patterson/2020/01/criminalization-indigenous-land-defenders-global-concern
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https://www.thenation.com/article/republican-lies-media/

For all the respect it commands as North America's leading newspaper, the New York Times very often is misleading. Perhaps the leading example of this was in the 1950s and 1960s when NO commercial news medium in all of North America even mentioned the mass murder of at least 200.000 innocent Guatemalans by the CIA,  the American army of international killers hired from all over the world. Clergy were murdered in their churches, nuns in their residences.

The commander of that mass murder was George Bush Sr., a man much admired for his church attendance.
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https://www.thenation.com/article/nuclear-defense-climate-change/
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https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/01/17/heres-truth-trumps-economy-absolute-disaster-people-and-planet
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/17/imf-head-gives-stark-message-looming-inequality-fueled-global-financial-disaster
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https://consortiumnews.com/2020/01/17/hyper-over-russian-hypersonics/

There is not the slightest chance of anyone winning or even surviving a nuclear war.

So why aren't we looking for an alternative? Why have we spent 70 years "improving" a system that can't to anybody any good? Why haven't we done something about winning the peace as we said we were going to do in 1945?
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https://countercurrents.org/2020/01/iran-the-eu-three-trigger-dispute-mechanism-in-iran-nuclear-deal

Let's see now. The U.S. is allowed to have all the nuclear missiles it wants. So is Israel. But an Iran, which stands to be attacked by nuclear missiles from the U.S. and Israel, is not allowed to have any.
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https://countercurrents.org/2020/01/the-rumbling-esas-methane-enigma

This is a story that didn't make it into our own Ottawa newspapers. But, then, very few stories of any importance make it into our own Ottawa newspapers.
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https://countercurrents.org/2020/01/climate-change-a-concise-assessment-of-what-we-are-risking
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/01/17/sealed-off-and-forgotten-what-you-should-know-about-israels-firing-zones-in-the-west-bank/

Yes, I know Hitler persecuted the Jews. But I also know the Palestinians did not persecute them.  Indeed, it was been quite the opposite.

What Hitler did killed Jews - and, to a large degree - it killed Judaism. And this was made worse by how gentiles around the world reacted to what Hitler did.

Gentiles knew what Hitler was doing to the Jews. And we gentiles didn't give a damn. We wouldn't give shelter to those Jews who escaped from Germany. And, when the war ended, we did not give a large part of Palestine to the Jews in order to help them. We gave them Palestine to get rid of our own Jews as well as those of the death camps.

Not surprisingly, that produced Jews who knew they had nothing to thank us  Christians for. And, from the start, they treated Palestinian Arabs much as Hitler had treated Jews.  And, in that process, they destroyed their own Judaism.
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/01/17/war-profiteering-is-real/
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/01/17/baby-dinosaurs-on-noahs-ark/

Many years ago, an evangelical friend of mind became a missionary in Congo. There, he claimed to have seen Noah's ark.

Actually, the whole Noah's ark story is an impossible lie. For a start, animal species are an immense number. It was not remotely possible for a small number of people to have collected so many animals, and stuffed them into an ark no matter how big it was.

As well, it would have required Noah and his whole staff to have travelled around a planet with a circumference of 25,000 miles - and most of that circumference quite unknown to them - let alone being separated by thousands of miles of oceans. - not to mention the problem of how they would have reached and collected Polar bears at the north pole and penguins at the south. The middle east would be a long walk back for your average penguin.

They would also have had to capture millions of species of birds and insects - most of them from lands without human life or knowledge - not to mention the problem of accommodating them on an ark which also would have needed storage for many, many tons of whatever their diets were. And then the  bumble bees and grasshoppers and penguins would have had to get back home to lands that hadn't even been discovered yet - and with none of their necessary food en route.

Adam and Eve pose the same problem - and more. Whatever colour they may have been, where did the other colours come from?

The idea all this could have happened is obvious nonsense. But that's what Trump followers believe. - just as they also believe we should murder people all over the world.
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/canada-opposed-iranian-democracy-history-of-ottawas-relations-with-iran/5700933
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Canada is NOT independent from the United States. It is an errand boy for American aggression just as it once was an errand boy for Britain in its invasion of Africa and theft of it's gold fields.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/canada-media-political-establishment-endorse-illegal-assassination-iranian-general-suleimani/5700932

And the big chapter may be yet to come as climate changes, the U.S. loses land,
and needs an extension into Canada for displaced Americans and for resources.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52858.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52861.htm

The very misleading use of the word 'terrorist' might resonate with Americans and with the West in general. But think about it.
The people of Afghanistan are terrorists? But the people of Afghanistan did not attack the U.S. The U.S. attacked them.
Iran did not attack the U.S. The U.S. attacked it.
No Latin American country has ever attacked the U.S. But the U.S. has murdered and impoverished uncounted numbers of people in Latin America.
In Vietnam, it was Americans who slaughtered large numbers of civilians, who poisoned their food supply with a gas that is still killing children.
The biggest terrorist nation in today's world is the United States as Britain was before it. Funny our news media have never noticed this.
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Are there any real Christians out there? The Christian churches have been puppets for this world's thieves and murderers for almost 2000 years. And, even by those standards, the evangelicals are the worst.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52857.htm
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And here is a really frightening one.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52867.htm
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Hitler was evil in his wars?  So he was. So we defeated Hitler. But we defeated Hitler with a Britain that had an even more brutal record. And we have created a U.S. that is today' leading Nazi state.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52867.htm
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/01/17/news/inuit-women-canadas-north-face-racialized-policing
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And just be grateful you don't live in Newfoundland.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/newfoundland-blizzard-photos-1.5432138
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And let's be grateful for a couple of slow news days.
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Thursday, January 16, 2020

January 16: Yes, there is a climate emergency.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/15/climate-emergency-2019-was-second-hottest-year-on-record

And the world is nowhere close to having a plan.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/climate-2019-1.5427586
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https://www.macleans.ca/opinion/the-time-for-trudeau-to-draw-a-line-with-trump/

In fact, Trudeau has done just that - and this is quite remarkable. In our world, it is common  for powerful nations to suck weak neighbours into their wars. For most of  the 20th century, for example,Britain expected Canada to fight British wars. That's why Canada sent troops to help the British steal the gold fields of South Africa - something the British decided on because it wanted a precedent for Canada to fight the looming World War 1, which was, again,  a war that had nothing to do with Canada. (World War 1 was a fight between capitalists for control of trade.)

After 1945, the U.S. moved in as Canada's master. And so Canada, unwisely, sent troops to Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

Up to this point, Canadians have wimped in to serve their American masters. But Trudeau, to my great surprise, has taken has taken a more principled stand......

https://www.businessinsider.com/justin-trudeau-blames-plane-crash-on-trump-and-irans-escalation-2020-1

Another question that needs to be asked is -   why did Ukraine send a civilian passenger plane into an area that was obviously a war zone?

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/14/canada-trump-foreign-policy-collateral-damage-iran-crash
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https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/jan/16/youtube-ads-of-100-top-brands-fund-climate-misinformation-study
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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/16/us-immigration-tent-court-trump-mexico

All over the world, millions are fleeing countries that the rest of us have made unlivable. The U.S. just kicks them back to die where they came from. Britain makes it as difficult as possible for them to enter.     Other Europeans just puts them  into primitive, crowded and unhealthy camps - except, of course,  for the many they simply kick back to die at sea.

We have created a world of poverty and danger for millions. But we accept no responsibility for what we have done. And the numbers of our victims are growing.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/16/hong-kong-could-keep-semi-autonomy-for-longer-says-lam

Well, this  is a nice thought. But it isn't likely that China would accept it.
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https://www.theguardian.com/racgp-heartlines-to-health/2019/dec/04/the-climate-crisis-is-already-affecting-our-health-and-theres-more-to-come

And there's more to come in North America as well.
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https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/jan/16/un-sounds-alarm-over-unprecedented-levels-of-hunger-in-southern-africa
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https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/david-suzuki/2020/01/conservation-and-climate-action-go-together
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https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/independent-jewish-voices-canada/2020/01/why-jagmeet-singh-ignoring-progressive

Note that the writer of this column is Jewish. It is by no means true that all or even most North American Jews approve of the behaviour of Netanyahu.
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And, yes. A medicare system open to all would be far, far cheaper for the U.S. than it's present 'free-enterprise' system. But most American governments do not, and never have, given a damn for what is socially responsible and economically sound. Most American governments exist to serve the rich, not 'the people".

 https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/15/analysis-30-years-single-payer-research-shows-medicare-all-would-absolutely-save-us

And Canada's Conservative Party and, probably, it's Liberals would happily destroy medicare to the joy of Canada's billionaires who finance those parties.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/15/top-megadonors-and-corporations-have-poured-almost-2-billion-politics-citizens

The U.S. 'democracy' has never been a democracy of any sort. All the way back to George Washington, it has been a tool for the rich.
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https://consortiumnews.com/2020/01/15/under-us-pressure-social-media-companies-suspend-venezuelan-iranian-syrian-accounts/
"...the land of the free and the home of the----- rave."
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/01/16/trump-dooms-the-future-by-gutting-the-national-environmental-policy-act/

Trump and the half-wit premier of Ontario would make a great pair.
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https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2020/01/13/Conservatives-Harper-Era-Trap/

The Conservative party is, almost certainly, the most wretched political party in Canadian history. Yes, even more so than the Liberals. And both parties have always been the servants of the very rich.

But both are the parties most Canadians vote for. And so we create our own disasters.
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https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2020/01/15/Horgans-Pipeline-Push-Betrays-Reconciliation-Promise-UNDRIP/

Americans murdered their indigenous peoples. So did Canada, though less so. Instead, Canadian policy has been to kick them off their land and to ignore all of our legal obligations and promises we made them. And that's why Canada is pushing natives peoples so it can run a dangerous oil pipeline through their land.
That's why Canada at first signed up RCMP snipers to kill pushy indigenous peoples - men, women and children. I saw a sample of this up close in another confrontation between big oil and indigenous land.
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/us-uk-australia-canada-germany-reject-iraqi-parliament-quit-iraq-demand/5700853

The western invasion of Iraq was illegal under international law from the start.
It's true that the ruler of Iraq was a vicious dictator. So was the American ruler who led the attack on him. And the Britain that supported the U.S. has it's own and quite spectacular history of centuries of murder and plunder and slavery.

Keeping western troops in Iraq is going to benefit nobody but American oil billionaires. But the intention from the start was to benefit nobody but American oil billionaires.
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I don't quite know what to make of this next one. I do know that most news media came to a conclusion with minutes - and published that conclusion. But it may not be so simple.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/who-targeted-ukraine-airlines-flight-752-iran/5700765
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A story that has not been prominent in western news sources....

https://www.globalresearch.ca/did-trump-just-give-middle-east-china-russia/5700660
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/govt-blocks-refugee-children-being-reunited-parents/5700822

This is going to get much, much worse as we are creating a world of disoriented, horribly frightened, and permanently damaged millions.
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This next report is a difficult one. Perhaps that's because it's badly written, perhaps because I ain't real smart. So I include it for all those readers who are a good deal smarter than I am.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52853.htm
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But even I could understand this one.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52854.htm
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And this is why we cannot trust most of our commercial news media.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52855.htm
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/14/pompeo-says-killing-of-suleimani-is-part-of-bigger-strategy-to-deter-us-foes

Can you imagine the storm of righteous Christian anger if a foreign government should murder an American general?
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/01/14/opinion/rcmp-let-journalists-witness-unistoten-camp

Can we trust the RCMP? Not so long as our two, major political parties are owned by big money.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/01/14/news/truth-behind-viral-1-billion-aussie-animals-are-dead-much-worse-you-know

And after the animals - us.
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https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200116-gaza-farmers-israel-destroyed-all-of-our-crops/

The people of Gaza did not slaughter Jews. Indeed, Muslim Arabs lived in peace for many, many years with their fellow citizens in the old Palestine. There was no friction until the coming of Jews that had received the land from European and North American Christians who wanted to get rid of them. And those people have allowed (and encouraged) the dreadful persecution of Palestinians by Israelis.
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https://brucewilds.blogspot.com/2019/02/inequality-is-growing-pox-upon-our.html

We have reached a state of plundering by the wealthy that is quite possibly the worst in a history of plundering and abusing by the wealthy. At the height of the British Empire, Britain murdered at least 400 million people so it it could plunder those who survived.

All the benefit of that went to a British aristocracy that had (and still has) nothing but contempt for it's own people.

Today, the United States is the child of the British Empire. Like the British, Americans have nothing but contempt for most of their own people. Like the British, Americans are happy to send their young people out do die while the children of the rich either avoid military service altogether (like Trump) or they get stay-at-home assignments like George Bush Jr.

Most Canadians and Americans are going downhill - which is why we have growing numbers of people who sleep on our streets - why teachers have to go on strike, partly as a result of the very rich not paying any taxes, why the average American will die about ten years before a rich one......

We are nations who suffer dearly from the greed and abuse of us by our very wealthy - who  own the politicians of the Republicans, most of the Democrats, and all of Canada's Conservatives and Liberals.

Do American children need free health care? Do the homeless need places to live? Do the poor need decent incomes?  Tough.

Greed is a very human quality. Our world has always been dominated by greed.
Greed was the death of Christianity almost from the start, and I have no doubt it has destroyed most religions.

And now it has the power to destroy all of us.
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https://truthout.org/articles/cities-in-the-crosshairs-are-pushing-back-against-nuclear-weapons/
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https://truthout.org/articles/as-tensions-with-iran-escalate-it-is-time-to-challenge-empire-in-the-classroom/

Alas! The high schools have never taught history. What they call history is mostly a mindless sort of patriotism.
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In 1945...I  shall never forget the signs I saw on the day the against Germany ended. "We've won the war.  Now we've got to win the peace."

But we made no attempt to win the peace. Instead, we replaced a Nazi Germany with a Nazi America. Instead of feeding the hungry, we fed the super rich. Instead of helping a China to free itself from a plundering Britain, we tried to hand it over to a plundering U.S.

We have done that for 75 years with tremendous suffering and loss of human life.

Then, instead of dealing with climate change, we have given our oil companies  free reign to pollute our world and us.

And we have done nothing for 75 years.....
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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Jan. 14:Not a good day.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/13/pictures-world-fire-australia-bushfire-climate-emergency

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/13/ocean-temperatures-hit-record-high-as-rate-of-heating-accelerates

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/13/why-record-ocean-temperatures-matter

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/jan/14/safety-first-as-australian-open-qualifying-delayed-due-to-poor-air-quality
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/opinion-air-disaster-iran-canada-1.5421028

Oh, give me a break or, since the professor lives in Quebec, donne-moi un break.
Canada has NOT been welcoming to Muslims. In particular, a professor living in Quebec should know that. This is a province that has not been   welcoming. Quite the contrary.
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Here's a nice change - Justin Trudeau telling the truth....

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/14/justin-trudeau-us-escalation-partly-to-blame-for-iran-plane-deaths
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https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/jan/07/yemen-heads-list-of-countries-facing-worst-humanitarian-disasters-in-2020

This report is too kind. It doesn't mention that all of these countries have been pauperized to please western capitalists.
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And here is the first intelligent analysis I have seen of the Iranian shooting down of a passenger plane.

https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-ps752-shootdown-a-human-error-driven-by-paranoid-politics-time-pressure
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Wanna be leader of the Conservative party? Save money, lots of it to be allowed to run. It's not for poor folks.

https://rabble.ca/columnists/2020/01/conservatives-make-their-leadership-contest-pay-play
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Is Canada racist? You can bet on it. When I was studying to qualify as a school teacher back in 1956, all my class mates were white. Quebec would not accept Black teachers until about 1960.
And Canada is still racist.

https://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/talking-radical-radio/2020/01/black-post-sec-struggles-and-strategies-black-students
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https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2020/01/about-150-people-make-it-frigid-wexit-rally-alberta-legislature
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https://www.thenation.com/article/australia-fires-climate-morrison/
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https://consortiumnews.com/2020/01/09/full-scale-war-avoided-trump-goes-right-back-to-warmongering/
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https://countercurrents.org/2020/01/air-pollution-could-kill-160000-people-in-the-next-decade-through-strokes-and-heart-attacks
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/01/14/the-deadly-failures-of-conservative-government-in-australia-in-the-face-of-ferocious-fires/
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For some two thousand years, Christian churches have abandoned the message of Christ, and have joined happily in supporting the murders and abuse inflicted by aristocrats, kings, queens, and democratically elected killers.

Here's a welcome change.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/01/13/a-call-to-catholics-let-us-end-our-complicity-in-war/
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https://thetyee.ca/News/2020/01/14/BC-Child-Poverty-Rates-Stagnant-Some-Solutions/

Can Canada help the children of the poor?  Of course not. To feed the poor, we would have to tax the very rich who need all their money to - you know - do things.
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https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2020/01/13/Conservatives-Harper-Era-Trap/

Are Canadians dumb enough to vote for the Conservatives? Of course, just as they've always been dumb enough to vote for the Liberals.
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/world-must-end-us-illegal-economic-war/5700594

The U.S. empire is very much like it's predecessor, the murderous and thieving British Empire.
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/west-run-barbarians/5700435
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52845.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52844.htm
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/01/02/opinion/albertas-30-million-bonfire
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This is a factor in why the U.S. doesn't have enough money for it's public schools or for those in need of medical care or for the homeless and the barely fed...

https://off-guardian.org/2020/01/14/us-military-spending-trillions-of-dollars-unaccounted-for/
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https://off-guardian.org/2020/01/13/world-war-iii/

Far-fetched? No. We're very close.
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https://theantimedia.com/israel-helped-us-assassinate-general-soleimani/

Israel's Jews are as faithful to the teachings of their religion as Christians are to theirs.
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https://truthout.org/articles/as-tensions-with-iran-escalate-it-is-time-to-challenge-empire-in-the-classroom/

It would be nice to have schools that tell the truth. Alas! The education authorities, and    governments (and us) have always insisted that the schools teach respect for the status quo.
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https://truthout.org/articles/fascism-expert-trump-has-laid-the-groundwork-for-full-on-authoritarian-rule/

Alas, the same is true of most of the Democrats - and it always has been.
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https://truthout.org/articles/noam-chomsky-us-is-a-rogue-state-and-suleimanis-assassination-confirms-it/

The U.S. has been a rogue state from the start. It's imperialism. mass murder and plundering was always based on the model of the British Empire.
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https://truthout.org/articles/deadly-super-pollution-events-are-on-the-rise/

And we have done virtually nothing in thirty years of knowing what is happening and what it means to this Earth.
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This has been the most discouraging day since I began writing this blog.

















Saturday, January 11, 2020

Jan. 11: We've Won the War! Now, we've got to win the peace...

I begin today's blog with a long and possibly tedious criticism of the U.S. and its Canadian and British puppets. If it is boring, feel free to skip past this to the more conventional entries.
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Following the news daily is a profoundly depressing experience. A main reason it's so depressing is that our news media don't really report war. No. Almost invariably their view is one of our good guys against bad guys.  And the good guys are always right. The current conflict in Iran is an example of this.

Iran was a nation plundered by the British from 1918 to 1948. Iran was forced to GIVE free of charge all the oil requested by the whole British navy. Iran was crushed into poverty. But, in 1948, Iran elected, quite democratically, it's own leadership, and set it's own terms for selling it's own oil.

So, in 1948, the British and Americans invaded it, killed hundreds of its people, and installed a dictatorship. (The Americans later squeezed out the British and became the big thief. For billionaires, sharing of conquests has never been a factor in war.)

There was not a word of criticism from any of the western news media. The good guys, in their view, had won. And the Shah became the front man for American plunderers.

When the Iranians, some years later, kicked out the Shah, the U.S. began a long series of attacks against it. People were murdered. But none of the western media had a peep of complaint.

More recently, the U.S. has, quite illegally, imposed 'sanctions' on Iran for it's sin of daring to run it's own country. It has also sent warships into Iranian waters. No comment from our news media. In all this, particularly with sanctions, Iranians are on the edge of starvation. But, of course, there was not a whimper from the Trudeaus of this world.

Meanwhile, the U.S. had killed over a million people in an invasion of Iraq  - a quite illegal invasion. A high proportion of the killed (and horribly wounded and orphaned) were children. But our news media didn't give a damn.

There was nothing accidental about the killing of children. This was, and is, quite deliberate policy. Heavy bombing of residential targets, of schools and hospitals had became the standard practice of American war. It was also heavily used against Laos and Cambodia. In Vietnam, they added the delight of poison gas to spread death and starvation without discrimination. The U.S. also assisted in the starvation of babies and young children in Lebanon. Our news media hasn't bothered to tell us how many died. Nor can I recall a Canadian prime minister denouncing this.

With the invasion of Afghanistan, (another illegal one) the U.S. again concentrated on murdering civilians with mass bombing. To this it added mass torture that went beyond even the worst of Hitler's Germany. And it still does. Read much about that in your news?

(In the course of this, Britain and the U.S. have both inflicted torture on their own citizens. As I write this, an American journalist who did nothing illegal is in many years of prison as Britain and the U.S. prefer to keep him in solitary confinement until it kills him. (That's so much nicer than a messy trial for which they have no evidence.)

I must have missed Mr. Trudeau's courageous rebuke of that.

Oh, Canada also sent troops (quite illegally) to help our American friends in Afghanistan. In the course of that they, naturally, handed their prisoners (including a young Canadian) over to the U.S. for torture.

Since then, we have been good Americans on may occasions, with Canadian ships interfering with other countries, with the Canadian air force bombing Libya to make Americans happy - I wonder if they followed the American practice of bombing civilians..... And Canada's army is helping the U.S. to train Syrians to kill each other.

And Canada's prime minister has now condemned Iranians for not being Americans.

As I write this, I think I can hear beer bottles crashing to the floor in the rooms of The Canadian Legion. However, I am not in any way criticizing Canada's military.  They have been terribly abused, but not by me. They have been abused by our government in being offered up as killers (and victims) for the U.S. in  the illegal wars it has been fighting since 1950. And they have been abused by Canadian governments who simply hand them over to kill for America.

The difficulty with The Canadian Legion is that it has unquestioningly supported our selling Canadians to fight American wars. The legion is supposed to support and defend those who serve Canada. In fact though, it routinely simply hands over Canadian service men and women to fight and die for American and Canadian billionaires.

And the trouble with our news media is that they don't tell the truth.

The world's biggest killer since 1945 has been the United States. It has killed something over 20 million people in that time, most of them civilians and children. (Actually, counting starvations, nobody knows how many the U.S. has murdered.) And it's all to please weapons billionaires who make money out of killing. That's why the U.S. has soaring rates of poverty. Those are inflicted by governments which, from the start back in 1776, have abused the poor to enrich the wealthy. That's why education is underfunded, university out of reach for millions - why Americans die because they can't afford medical care.....

And Trudeau gets headlines for saying the 63 Canadians were killed by Iran.  More, far more, Canadians have been killed fighting wars for the U.S.  But Trudeau thinks that killing for the profit of U.S. billionaires is just great.

Hitler was not the creator of horror in the twentieth century. That began in 1900 when the British invaded South Africa (with Canadian help) to steal its gold mines. the British people got nothing out of that.  Most of them lived in the poverty they had always known. It was the very rich who got the gold. That's still true today.

World War One was not a war of evil Germans against Godly French and English. It was a war of capitalists against capitalists to see which side could  push aside the capitalists on the other side.

World War Two was largely a copy of World War One. But World War Two knocked out the capitalists of Europe and handed over to American capitalists the dream that they would now rule all the nations of the world. Thus the almost unbroken string of U.S. wars all over the world. Thus the mass murder of millions of civilians.

Yes, of course we should investigate the causes of death in a war. But we should investigate the causes on both sides. To forget U.S. killings while condemning those of other countries is hypocrisy The U.S. is the world's biggest killer. It's the biggest enemy of the whole world - including the biggest enemy of itself.

One might have expected a Canadian prime minister to recognize that. (Well, no. One might not have expected. Neither Canada nor the U.S. has ever noticed how murderous the U.S. has always been, and how that murderous behaviour, largely by the wealthy. has always been a feature of American life.)

Watch this one. It is very likely Canada will be asked to send troops to fight for the most vicious nation in today's world. And our news media will once again pretend this is good guys against bad guys.

The U.S. bombing fleets, for over 70 years, have been the most murderous in the world - and with a heavy emphasis on the bombing of civilians and children.

But don't wait from any criticism of that from Trudeau.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/iran-jetliner-unintentionally-shot-down-1.5423608

Well,  we now have a villain. Note the use of quotation marks in this headline. Iran said it 'unintentionally' shot down the airliner. But that is not what Iran said.
Iran said it shot it down unintentionally. But the use of quotation marks is, quite clearly, to express doubt that Iran is telling the truth. And that is dishonest reporting.

And so we have the desirable good guys, bad guys scenario. Forget that the U.S.  quite illegally murdered an Iranian leader. Forget that the U.S. has been illegally destroying the whole Iranian economy for some time. Forget that the U.S. has illegally murdered well over a million people, most of them   civilians, in neighbouring Iraq. Forget that it has recently destroyed the elected government of Bolivia in a deliberate attack on it's indigenous people. Forget that Trudeau has supported  the U.S. in this as well as in other tragic assaults in Latin America. Forget that Canada was so in favour of U.S. illegal mass murder that it sent troops to help out the U.S. in Afghanistan and Syria.

The message of this 'report' is that the U.S., which daily  kills innocent people every day just with it's drone bombers is good, and Iran is evil. How come our news media rarely report this? How come we have few reports of the dozens of illegal wars fought by the U.S. since 1950?  When the U.S. murdered some 200,000 innocent people of Guatemala, the CBC, like all other North American news media didn't even cover the story. A New Brunswick graveyard near the church of the reigning dictator of New Brunswick holds the body of a Canadian missionary who was murdered by CIA thugs in Guatemala. But even the local news media have never carried that story. And, most certainly, Trudeau has never mentioned it - with or without quotation marks.

Will the U.S. now invade Iran? That would be unwise - but possible. And, if so, it will expect Canada to send troops. And Trudeau will salute, while singing a chorus of God Bless America.

Yes, I still think that CBC is the best news medium in North America. But, oh, it could be much, much better.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/ps752-flight-iran-missile-1.5422912
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The future of the middle east is a terribly complex matter. Much of that complexity was caused by British and, more recently, American interventions.
But, alas, what was done is done - and there is no easy solution in sight.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/11/why-instinct-and-ideology-tell-trump-to-get-out-of-the-middle-east-suleimani-iran
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https://rabble.ca/columnists/2020/01/america-exists-today-make-war-says-col-lawrence-wilkerson

And this is the openion of a man who can reasonably be called an American right-winger.
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https://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/radiolabour/2020/01/striking-back-students

Billionaires in Canada - and other places - demand billions in gifts from the rest of us - and they get them. But for ordinary children? We don't give a damn.
Public schools have always been forced to run on peanuts - even as we hand out grants to private schools for rich kids.

For many, especially the poor, this means ignorance for life. In my grade one class, only one of the students got to complete high school - and it wasn't me.

For the added touch, university education has always been  difficult to attain. After my years of education, I had to pay 15 years of debt for the cost of my education. And it's now much, much worse.

The rise of public educaton for all in the nineteenth century was a tremendous gain for all. But for some years now we've been destroying it.
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https://www.thenation.com/article/australia-fires-climate-morrison/

And Canadians await their turn - soon. And Canada has guaranteed it's own disaster as in every province Canadians voted for the Conservative party that will do nothing and for The Liberals who will, occasionally, talk about doing something but have done nothing for 30  years.
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https://www.thenation.com/article/foundation-defense-democracies-iran/

Yes, in the U.S.(and Canada and Britain and other 'democracies') the wealthy buy politicians.
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https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-u-s-hit-on-general-hands-iran-two-big-long-game-wins
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https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-hong-kong-chaos-has-taiwans-tsai-poised-to-win-saturday-election
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/10/tens-thousands-join-sack-scomo-protests-against-government-climate-inaction
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/10/usaid-arriving-bolivia-monitor-elections-raising-fears-us-meddling-may-3-vote

Of course, the US is going to meddle on the side of those who illegally overthrew the elected government of Bolivia. And Canada's own Justin Trudeau has, from the beginning, been on the side of those who are destroying Bolivia's large, indigenous populaton. Trudeau has chosen his side. And his side, with the U.S., is the support of Bolivia's racists.
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https://consortiumnews.com/2020/01/10/the-war-in-afghanistan-is-a-fraud-and-now-we-have-
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https://countercurrents.org/2020/01/iraq-why-doesnt-the-us-move-out-despite-the-iraqi-parliaments-decision
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The government of India has fallen a long way since the years of Ghandi. It is now thoroughly racist in matters or religion - a change that it is not much noticed by the western news media.

https://countercurrents.org/2020/01/jnu-violence-must-be-investigated-by-a-judicial-commission
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https://countercurrents.org/2020/01/mega-droughts-engulf-countries

Yes. It's happening.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52834.htm

Information clearing house is a little weak this time. It jumped too quickly at the conclusion that Iran was innocent in it's shooting down of a passenger plane in Iran. And Canadian news media went wild in the other direction.

What we know now is that we really don't have a clear picture of that downing of a passenger plane. Iran has said it was a terrible and unplanned blunder. Canadian news media have jumped to a conclusion that this was a deliberate attack on Canada, though with no evidence to support this claim. Nor is it at all clear what Iran would gain from this attack.

Our news media forever blame somebody else for the murder of civilians. In fact, as this article shows, the U.S. has been murdering civilians on a world scale for over a hundred years. And that's exactly what Hitler did. And what the British Empire did. (in fact, it's also what Canadan did to it's indigenous people - and it's what Canada almost did to them just days ago when the RCMP planned to use snipers against them for their opposition to an oil pipeline on their territory.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/01/02/opinion/albertas-30-million-bonfire
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/01/11/news/banks-arent-backing-their-climate-message-rainforest-action-network
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/01/07/news/australias-bushfires-offer-heated-view-longstanding-misinformation-climate-change

In Canada and it's provinces, all the government parties (Liberal and Conservative) have done nothing. Meanwhile, evidence is growing all over the world that we face the ultimate crisis - and have very little time to deal with it. And the reaction of the Canadian people?

As the recent election shows, most of the Canadian people stand around with their faces hanging out.
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https://theantimedia.com/ukraine-airliner-tragedy-evokes-memories-iran-air-flight-655/

Don't remember it? Of course not. Who cares when it's the U.S. that shoots down a civil  airliner?
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https://truthout.org/articles/the-faces-of-extinction-the-species-we-lost-in-2019/
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https://theintercept.com/2020/01/10/joe-biden-super-pac-iowa-tv-ads/
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https://theintercept.com/2020/01/09/donald-trump-iran-suleimani-murder/

Well, this is different. An American president has the right to murder people anywhere in the world. Possibly even Americans. Anyway, the righteous indigantion of our media at the killing, accidentally or not, of Canadians will distract the attention of our news media.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/outraged-trudeau-says-iran-must-take-full-responsibility-after-admitting-it-shot-down-ps752-1.5423764

In fact, Iran HAS taken full reponsibility. And I note that Canadian governments have never been crirical of mass murder by Americans - not in Afghanistan, not in Bolivia, not in Venezuela;  and, in Guatemala, Canadian news media didn't even report the murder of a Canadian missionary by the CIA, a gang of international murderers created by the U.S.

I note , too, that Canada never criticized the illegal murder of an Iranian general by the U.S.

Think hard. What was the last time that Trudeau criticized the U.S. for anything significant?

In the past 60 years, the U.S. has murdered tens of millions of people all over the world. That includes over 70 official wars and also the unofficial ones, as with drone bombings of children, ever day. Before that, Canadians in general praised Britain for it's mass murder of of hundreds of millions - perhaps a world record.

I cannot think of any prime minister in Canadian history who has been critical of the mass murder by our imperial masters. And Canadian news media? Forget it.
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https://theintercept.com/2020/01/09/republican-reporters-want-democrats-stop-saying-qassim-suleimani-assassinated/
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https://theintercept.com/2020/01/06/border-iranian-american-iran/

And you can bet that Trudeau didn't - and won't - say a word in defence of those Canadian Iranians.
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https://thesaker.is/trumps-sanctions-threat-reveal-us-plan-all-these-decades-total-colonization-of-iraq/
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A week or so ago, it looked as if a world war was inevitable. It was. And it still is. The U.S. is, in effect, ruled by its billionaires who may be the greediest and most murderous people in history. Canada and Britain are on board with them.

I don't believe it would be possible for anyone to win this war.

I often, these days, remember the posters that mesmerized me on D-Day. "We've won the war. Now we've go to win the peace."

But we didn't win the peace. We never even tried to.
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